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STEVEN J. GROSS

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PRACTICE DESCRIPTION:

Mr. Gross' practice is devoted to coverage and bad faith litigation. Over one-half of his practice involves coverage issues related to the interstate motor carrier trucking industry. Mr. Gross has represented or advised insurance companies in complex motor carrier coverage and bad faith litigation in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Alaska, and California. Mr. Gross' insurance coverage practice also involves coverage and bad faith issues that deal with professional liability claims including legal, medical, and real estate malpractice insurance.

Mr. Gross has been involved in both the first-party property and third-party liability context in claims arising out of all types of coverage including general liability, advertising injury, personal injury, professional malpractice, personal and commercial auto, excess/umbrella coverage, homeowners, business interruption coverage, directors and officers, and surplus lines.

Currently, Mr. Gross is chair of the Arizona State Bar motor carrier transportation seminar and is serving as the co-managing author and editor of the Arizona Tort Law Handbook.

EDUCATION AND SCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES:

Arizona State University, College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2005)

  • Arizona State Law Journal
  • Arizona State Bar Tax Scholarship (2005)
  • William H. Pedrick Scholar

Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College (B.A. Economics, summa cum laude and "With Honors," 2002)

BOOKS:

  • Authored Chapter Nine of "Practice Tools for Handling Insurance Cases" (Thomson Reuters/West 2011) 
  • Authored Chapter Eight of "The Claim Adjuster's Automobile Liability Handbook" (Thomson Reuters/West 2009).
  • Co-authored "Construction Defects: Claims and Coverage: "Progressive Losses-Triggers of Coverage, Numbering of Occurrences and Allocation Among Successive Policies" (DRI Defense Library Series) (Ch. 3, Part II).
  • Couch on Insurance 3d. (Chapter 200).

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Motor Carrier "Lease Liability": Is it Time to Rebut the Irrebutable Presumption of Vicarious Liability?,Common Defense (Fall 2011).
  • The Extension of Insurance to Cover the Plaintiff's Financial Risk of Litigation: "Bodily Injury" "Property Damage" and "Attorney’s Fees" Caused by an Occurrence?,Common Defense (Fall 2011).
  • Communicable and Transmission of Disease Exclusion,Ins. Lit. Rptr. Vol. 33, No. 7 (2011).
  • Exploring Experimental Treatment Exclusions. Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 12 (July 2011).
  • A Review Of ISO's Fungi And Bacteria Exclusion, Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 33, No. 8 (2011).
  • Splitting Claim Files: Managing the Concern for Conflicts of Interest Through Use of Insurance Company Conflicts Screens Ins. Litigation Rptr. Vol 32, Number 6 (April 2010).
  • Use Caution When Relying Upon Insurance Fraud Immunity Statutes, IASIU, SIU Today Magazine (Summer 2010).
  • Shifting Attorneys' Fees To The Losing Party: Is It Covered Under The Policy? Ins. Lit. Rptr., Winter 2009. 
  • Mortgage Demands for Homeowner Coverage When The Insured Property Has Been Stripped During Foreclosure. In-House Quarterly, Winter 2009. 
  • The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is No Bully to a Carriers' Right to an Examination Under Oath. IASIU, SIU Today. 
  • The Inherent Tension Between the Fifth Amendment Right Against Self-incrimination and the Insurance Company’s Contractual Right to Cooperation:  Can a Jurisprudential Balance Be Achieved?, Ins. Litigation Rptr. Vol. 30, Number 18 (2008).
  • Claims for Embezzlement of Client Funds, DRI for the Defense, Vol. 49, No. 3 (March 2007).
  • Medical Payments Coverage: A Policy Inside A Policy, Ins. Litigation Rptr. Vol. 28, Number 14 (2006).

PRESENTATIONS:

  • "Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish" (December 1, 2011) National Business Institute.
  • Motor Carrier Trucking Law (December 16, 2011) Arizona State Bar (Seminar Chair).
  • "Arizona Insurance Law" (January 22, 2010) Arizona State Bar 
  • "Arizona Insurance Law" (January 23, 2009) Arizona State Bar
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation (October 12, 2010) National Business Institute

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Trucking Insurance Defense Association
  • CPCU Society
  • Board of Directors
    AADC-YLD (2008-2010)

 

Kunz, Plitt, Hyland & Demlong is widely known as a trial law firm that has achieved outstanding results for its clients while maintaining the highest ethical standards.

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